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Putin awarded ‘For Courage’ medal to boy who saved two girls in saboteur attack near Bryansk


Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the “For Courage” medal to 10-year-old Fyodor Simonenko from the Bryansk region, who saved two girls during an attack by saboteurs. Relevant document published on the legal information portal.

“For courage, bravery and selflessness shown in the performance of civic duty,” the presidential decree reads.

The governor of the Bryansk region, Alexander Bogomaz, in an interview with TASS announced his intention to send the boy to the Suvorov school.

“The most important thing now is not to miss the guy so that he grows up as a worthy citizen. It is good. As they say at school, he is very good-natured and friendly. At home, he chops wood himself, heats the stove, carries water, knows how to cook – early beyond his years. Our task is for him to study well, then we will send him to the Suvorov school, ”the agency quotes the head of the region as saying.

The boy was injured in an attack by a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group in the Bryansk region on the morning of March 2. As a result of the penetration of armed men of the Russian Volunteer Corps into the territory of the villages of Sushany and Lyubechane, two men were killed, including the driver of the Niva, who took the children to school.

During filming, Fedor helped two girls born in 2015 and 2016 get out of the car and get to safety. However, he himself received a chest injury and later underwent surgery to remove the bullet.

The day after the attack by saboteurs, the chairman of the investigative committee Alexander Bastrykin awarded Fedor the departmental medal “Valor and Courage”, then the child received the medal “For Valor and Courage” from the governor of the Bryansk region Alexander Bogomaz. Later, he also bought a house for the boy’s family.

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